Dolly Parton called Hollywood a “Phony World” after getting a taste of it.


Article Highlights:

  • Why Dolly Parton thought Hollywood was “phony” in 1981
  • The Queen of Country on becoming a movie star
  • How she related to and understood her most devoted fans

Dolly Parton started her career in Nashville, Tennessee.

But when she wanted to take things to the next level, she set her eyes on Hollywood. She got herself a Los Angeles-based manager and even began accepting some of the offers she’d been receiving to star in movies. In her new apartment out west, Parton found herself a long way from home. She had mixed feelings about Hollywood show business, but she knew she had to conquer it to get to where she wanted to be in her career.

Dolly Parton on adjusting to life in Hollywood in the early ’80s

In 1981, the “Dumb Blonde” singer was interviewed by Playgirl Magazine.

At the time, she was still getting used to being on the west coast.

“I like bein’ here,” she said, as recorded in the book Dolly On Dolly. “I like it better than I used to. I’ve adjusted to it more.

There are a lot of wonderful people here. It could never be my home, but it’s excitin’.”

The musician’s interviewer brought up that she was on record calling show business a “phony world.” Did she still feel the same way?

“I’m talking about the surroundings, all the airs people have to put on,” she said. “Everybody is trying to be different, to have a gimmick. I’m just talking about all the hokey things, all the freaky people like Elton John and myself who try to come up with something to catch your attention. It’s kind of a joke, what I said, but there was a great deal of truth in it as well. I take my music extremely seriously, but I’m talking about all the things that go along with it—the parties, the award shows, all the people trying to outdress the others, trying to get into Time magazine with their dresses cut below the tailbone or whatever.”

Dolly Parton was about to become a huge star

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Just as she’d planned, Parton was about to reach new heights of stardom in 1981. Her first film, 9 to 5 was about to come out and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas was to follow.

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